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Colors of Haarlem - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Harlem is often called “Bloemenstad”, which can be literally translated as “Flower CIty”. It is considered to be the main tulip-growing center. Every year Harlem is visited by professional flower growers from all over the world. In spring Harlem hosts a grand flower festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic travelers. This is a beautiful and eventful holiday, the main action of which is the Flower Parade.
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Preparation for this event lasts a whole year. Huge carts depicting a variety of compositions are constructed especially for the parade. On the day of the holiday, the carts are decorated with fresh flowers, painted in all the colors of the rainbow, and turned into graceful fragrant sculptures. The festive procession starts in the town of Noordwijk and ends in Harlem. The column of fragrant carts covers a distance of more than forty kilometers.
Along the entire way, the parade is greeted by enthusiastic spectators. After arriving in Harlem, the beautiful platforms are set up on the main city streets and squares. Locals and guests of the city can admire them for several more days. Flower figures are artistically illuminated, so at night they seem to be no less beautiful than in the daytime. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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In addition to interesting national holidays and original attractions, Harlem boasts quite unusual cultural institutions. Thus, one of the city libraries is housed a railway station building. The library has over 1,500 books and magazines written in many languages. The library's opening was initiated by ProBiblio Company that founded similar institutions in several other European cities. Now all travelers who have to wait for their trains at the station can visit the attractive library and pass the time reading their favorite books and colorful magazines.
Leidsevaart Haarlem The opening of such an unusual library was yet another confirmation that Harlem is a very friendly and hospitable city. A few centuries ago, a huge number of wanderers and homeless people were seeking shelter in local almshouses. 19 of them have survived to the present day, but today they are only historical landmarks. The almshouses were built on donations from local residents right in the courtyards of residential buildings.
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Another great and worthwhile festival takes place in early August. This is the four-day Haarlem Culinair, a large-scale gastronomic event known all over Europe. At this time, the city is visited by hundreds of European gourmets. Here you can try national dishes including herring, one of the symbols of the Country of Tulips, as well as “Kibbeling” (battered cod), deep-fried mussels. Besides that, you can enjoy traditional drinks such as wine and beer. The festival takes place on Grote Markt where there are hustle and bustle at this time - that's how people have fun and just enjoy life. Visiting the festival is a great chance to get acquainted with the local culture through its cuisine, while a better mediator can hardly be found.
Haarlem Everybody knows about how the Dutch respect the monarchy and, in particular, the royal family. Harlem is definitely not an exception in this case, and therefore such a festival as Konningsdag is never ignored by locals. It is traditionally held on April 27. Without exaggeration, it is the largest holiday in the Country of Tulips. At this time, it is customary to dress in orange colors and bring things of the same color with you - therefore this holiday can safely be called “orange”. Every year on this day, the royal family visits two Dutch cities - and all so that each city can be proud of the fact that once it was visited by monarchs. Apart from the “orange parade”, a gastronomic program is also available to visitors, including traditional herring, of course.
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On May 5, one of the city's main musical events takes place - a festival with an interesting name of Bevrijdingspop. The festival is timed to celebrate Liberation Day in the Netherlands, and in Harlem, this event acquires a musical sound. You can listen to music of radically different genres - rock, rap, classic or even techno rave. At the festival, you can also enjoy a special program for the youngest citizens. In addition, visitors are offered dance and fire shows, contests, interactive shows as the "icing on the cake". You can also buy interesting things and national attributes at a fair that opens at this time. The venue for the festival is Haarlemmerhout.
Haarlem One more musical event is Haarlem Jazz & More, which is dedicated to jazz and related music, as you might guess from the name. It takes place on Grote Markt. The time of the festival is mid-February. The good news for those who've decided to attend the festival is that they do not have to pay to enter. Talented and famous headliners perform for them, so the festival is attended by many fans of high-quality music, which has already become a kind of classic. It is also worth noting the festival's special atmosphere - it is soulful and very friendly, which will certainly please all guests.
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On May 12, the Country of Tulips celebrates the National Day of yet another symbol of the Netherlands - windmills. The fact is that today there is no longer any need to mill flour with the help of these structures - they are all replaced by machines. But the mills have been preserved, and it was decided to devote one day to the cultural heritage of the past. Therefore, on this day, the mills located on the territory of a particular city open their doors to anyone who wants to learn more about the local culture. In Harlem, you will find the most famous windmill - De Adriaan, which can be seen on Papentorenvest Street along the River Spaarne. And, of course, on this day you must visit it. By the way, it is absolutely free.
Just before Christmas - the culmination of Harlem's festival year - there is a very colorful event known as "Sinterklaas' arriving on the River Spaarne". Traditionally, Sinterklaas and his assistants sail on their ship, thus delighting kids waiting for the “hero of the occasion” on the embankment. Fun and laughter are guaranteed. At this time, children sing songs in order to call Sinterklaas. Well, next week, everyone is waiting for Christmas, during which Harlem turns into a fairy tale. One can hardly find another place that would resemble a Christmas village so much.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Haarlem
♥   Sint-Josephkerk, Haarlem, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Grote of Sint-Bavokerk, Haarlem, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van Sint-Bavo, Haarlem, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Nicolaas, Ijsselstein, 17.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Johannes de Doper, Laren, 41.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Sint Maarten, Utrecht, 44.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint Catharinakathedraal, Utrecht, 44.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Haarlem
♥   Castle 'Huis ter Kleef' , 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slot Heemstede' , 3.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Brederode Castle' , 6.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Huys Dever' , 14.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slot Teylingen' , 17.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Ilpenstein Castle' , 23.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burcht van Leiden' , 25.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Haarlem

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Haarlem. Learn the best periods to visit Haarlem to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Haarlem.
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